It is said disability is not in any way inability. This is exactly true as we have seen instances where disabled individuals have outperformed their able counterparts be it in academics or otherwise. The question that however keeps baffling us is whether or not there is a good response to disability. This is the question I seek to address in this text.
Is there a good response to disability?
Albrecht et al. (2001) argues that there are a number of ways in which an individual can respond to disability challenges. It is good to note that apart from the responses discussed here, there are many other responses which can be successfully adopted so as to reinforce adaptation to disability. Albrecht et al. (2001) notes that an individual can respond to disability in a number of phases; these phases include but are not limited to crisis and chronic phases. The crisis phase is informed by sourcing of as much information as it is possible about the disability and how to live with it. This is important as the individual will here be faced with grief as a result of losing his or her abilities.
Sourcing as much information as possible about the disability is vital as it determines how an individual will deal with this in the long term. After this phase is the chronic phase where there is full appreciation of the condition or disability. Acceptance and appreciation that things are unlikely to change i.e. one is unlikely to regain his or her ability is important so that the individual can move on and avoid denial.
It is important to note that while the question as to whether or not there is a good response to disability is a difficult one to answer, the responses above are not conclusive and as such other responses should be incorporated for a conclusive addressing of the same.
Albrecht, G.L., Seelman, K.D., Bury, M. (2001). Handbook of Disability Studies. SAGE